how often do you.......

greytmommygreytmommy Posts: 125Registered Users
Other wavie's do things like:

Water wash?

Trying to figure out if I should be doing things more often/less often.

I was no-poo before starting CG, but since I have given up the boar hair brush, trying to figure out when to do things. Before CG, I washed my hair with BS/acv every 5 days and would water wash once in between then. But now that I am CG, I am wondering if I should actually co-wash more often? It seems like my hair is soaking up the conditioner. When I co-wash w/ my V05, I seem to need a LOT of conditioner b/c my hair is soaking it up. But at the same time I don't want to weigh my hair down.

So wavies....what is you schedule?
CG since 6/2012

Hair type: 2a/2b, normal/high porosity, fine, normal density
Lo: Organix Coconut water shampoo
Co: Suave Naturals, V05 kiwi lime
RO: Loreal Total Care
Style: AIA Curling Jelly, KCCC, Noodle head curling mouse, LALSG, AG Re:Coil
Methods: icequeen, scrunch n pump, smathers, diffusing

Currently dealing with learning how to style shorter wavy hair...


  • MotorCurlMotorCurl Posts: 90Registered Users
    I low-poo twice a week (Wednesday and Saturday), and co-wash every day that I don't low-poo. I'm still pretty new to CG so I'm experimenting with a lot of different products in different combinations. Some days I get really gluey results so I'll low-poo the next morning if I need to get the gunk out. :p I haven't figured out PTs yet, still trying to get a good result using IAGirl's recipe, maybe third time will be the charm...
    2C/2B; Med-fine texture, Normal porosity/elasticity, med-thin density; Color treated
    Cleanse: Jessicurl GLS, L'Oreal EverCreme cleansing conditioner
    Co-Wash: SNES, VO5 Kiwi Lime
    RO/LI: Jessicurl Aloeba and TooShea!, KCKT, GVPCB
    Stylers: KCCC (HG!), SM C&S Milk, BRHG, Jessicurl Gelebration Spray, Confident Coils
    CG since 4/23/12
    Located in Houston, Texas

    "Hair really is the crowning glory of a woman. It lights up her person, it frames her face, it makes a halo around her." - Ann Harding
  • Lauren710Lauren710 Posts: 15Registered Users
    My hair is not too fond of protein (small doses followed by lots of moisture are good, but more than that and it either goes all straight or dries out) and needs tons of moisture, and I've been working out nearly every day which necessitates washing every day. CO washing is gentle enough that you can do it as often as you'd like.

    My almost-daily routine:
    CO wash
    Moisturizing rinse-out conditioner while I do the rest of my shower routine
    Leave-in (sometimes I won't fully RO, other times I'll use KCKT after rinsing)
    Seal with oil (sweet almond, just a couple drops rubbed between my palms)

    Once a week I'll use AO GBP as my RO conditioner, about as heavy a PT as I've dared to try so far, and follow it with a DT (CJ Curl Rehab under a plastic cap for 15-30 minutes).

    I've added a low-poo into the rotation too, not sure how often I'll need to use it - will try using it once a week or so, more often if I find I need it. I'm planning to experiment a bit with water-only on days that I think my head can handle it, but when I'm super sweaty it's not enough for me.
    A very frizzy 1c/2a/F/iii, normal porosity and elasticity as far as I can tell

    Current product rotation:
    Low-poo: ES bubble bath
    CO wash: Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Desert Essence Coconut, AO GBP, CJ Curl Rehab
    DT: CJ Curl Rehab
    LI: KCKT topped with sweet almond oil
  • llb93llb93 Posts: 7Registered Users
    Co-wash - every other day

    Lo-poo - every other day (opposite days of co-wash)

    Water wash - whenever I'm washing 2X in one day (I exercise a lot)

    PT - twice a week
  • dannegerousdannegerous Posts: 70Registered Users
    I alternate days of co-washing and lo-pooing. But I do second-day hair all the time because I'm lazy so it's like:

    Day One: Lo-Poo
    Day Two: Style for second-day hair
    Day Three: Co-Wash
    Day Four: Style for second-day hair

    I don't water-wash or do PT anymore.
    CG since May 2012
    Curl Pattern: 2c, Texture: coarse, Porosity: low, Density: thick, Elasticity: low
  • wavymomwavymom Posts: 292Registered Users
    What works for you will depend a lot on your hair properties. But, with that said, here's what I do. No hard and fast rules, I just guess what I feel my hair might need most.

    Co-wash: ~1x per week (if that)
    Cleansing conditioner: ~2-3x per week
    Low-poo: all the other days of the week
    RO: almost every day unless I feel my hair doesn't need the moisture that day.

    PT: 1x per week

    DT: 2x per month (max)
  • Tori8780Tori8780 Posts: 40Registered Users
    I usually co-wash daily and use a low poo every 2nd or 3rd wash, depending on how gunky my hair is feeling. I have never water washed and I dont have any plans to start. I do a protein treatment followed by a short deep treatment every week because my hair loves protein. I also dont need much moisture other than my CO, which is why my DT are very short (maybe 5 min, tops). You really just have to play around to figure out what your hair likes. I've figured out my shower routine, but I still struggle with styling and try new stuff pretty much daily.
    Fia: 2a f/m ii
    Normal porosity, low-normal elasticity, fine-medium, medium-high density

    I have the laziest waves imaginable. Still trying to figure out how to make the most of them. I have permanent beach hair.

    CG as of 6/2/12

    Low poo: Devacare low poo, SM Coconut & Hibiscus
    CW: VO5 kiwi lime
    RO: Cure Care or GVPCB and Tresemme Naturals when I need moisture
    Leave in: CJ CCCCL, CJ Beauticurls
    Enhancer: Ecostyler, Re:coil, FSG w/ mag sulfate, SSCEJ
    Styler: AIF, AG Foam, CIAB
  • bluebonnetbluebonnet Posts: 82Registered Users
    Co-wash: Every 3-6 days, as needed.

    Low-poo: once a month

    So my week is like:
    Day One: Co-wash, style
    Day Two: smooth frizzies with light condish or mousse, spray Tigi curl booster and smooth
    Day Three: same
    Day Four: same
    Day Five: same, or co-wash and start cycle over

    Haven't done a PT or DT as yet. I've only been doing this since moderately since Feb and full on since mid-April. I think it just depends on the texture and porosity of your hair since I know a lot of wavies need to low-poo more often. My hair just doesn't like a lot of messing with it.
    CG 4/13/2012
    med-coarse texture/med density/low porosity
    Clarifying: TJ TTT shampoo
    Cowash: VO5 clarifying kiwi lime, Suave daily clarifying
    RO: SN or Tresemme naturals, TJ TTT
    LI: SN or VO5
    Styling: Gels - HESMU, AAV; John Frieda & HETT mousse; TIGI Curl Booster, FX Curl Booster * Fan of plopping & diffusing
  • oh.hi.its.stephoh.hi.its.steph Posts: 640Registered Users
    I Co-Poo (conditioner and shampoo mix) every time I wash, because I've returned to silicone use for now. I only wash my hair twice a week, three times if I've done a lot of intense sweating due to exercise. I never do protein treatments, my hair doesn't need it, but I'm attempting to start DTing once a week.
    whurly girly (2C/3A).
    thick; medium/coarse; low porosity.
    hair that is drier than the sahara desert.

    LOW-POO: Renpure Organics
    CO: L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
    RO: Renpure Keratin Conditioner. New HG!
    LI: L'Oreal EverSleek Humidity-Defying LI Creme
    Styling: SM Curl Milk, Argan Oil for sealing, sometimes GFPC Gel, some honey for hold, TIGI Control Freak Serum!!
  • asianrunnerasianrunner Posts: 2,251Registered Users
    low poo-every two or three showers
    water wash-if i don't low poo I water wash
    PT-ummm probably every few months because I'm lazy.

    bonus-brown sugar scrubs-do these about every 7-10 days. I have an itchy, flaky scalp and it's important I do these scrubs!
    Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
    cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

    rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

    jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
    gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

  • porque_pigporque_pig Posts: 238Registered Users
    I'm a minimalist (by minimalist, I mean lazy). I low-poo about twice a week and water wash in between. I never co-wash or PT.
    :batman: 2b/cFi, low density, normal porosity, high elasticity

    : Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    : Suave Naturals (whatever scent I have on hand)
    : Paul Mitchell Round Trip, Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Spray

    I'm a hair minimalist: the less time I spend on my hair, the better.